These are photos of my recent excursion on the Kinabatangan River in Sandakan, Sabah, East Malaysia. There are several lodges and we decided to stay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. It is a luxury lodge. Budget accommodations are available along the river. This 3D/2N package included the Sepilok Rehabilitation Center, Sun Bear Conservation Center, Rainforest Discovery Center and the Gomantong Caves. Sandakan town is a great place to hang around, enjoying the local fruits and local delicacies. After Sandakan we headed to Melangkap, a gravel river with Mt Kinabalu as its’ backdrop. A cool place to chill out.
5 day hike on the Able Tasman Coastal Track in November 2018. Stared at Marahu and finished at Totaranui. Then returned to Marahu by water taxi. Beautiful lagoons, lush native forest, emerald green and turquoise water, tidal inlets, wild life, creeks and rivers and lots more.
A group of us made this 29km in Akaroa Banks Peninsula 3-day trek , off Christchurch, in April 2018. This trek is on private property and permits only 12 persons a day. Porter service is available. It consists mainly farmland, spectacular cliffs and native forest (with a diverse flora) with the trek meandering mainly along the rugged coastline of the Pacific. It had all the seasons plus fierce winds and rain. Small seal colonies nest on the craggy coast. Bird life is abundant. Even caught sight of a Wood Pigeon. The elements were a challenge but rewarded with ever-changing and fantastic views. Life in the hut is basic but comfortable. Some basic food is available, on an honesty basis. Cooking and resting our weary legs in front of the fireplace was soothing. With good company, it was a wonderful trek taking in remote and isolated southern coast of NZ.
This is our journey to Portugal in conjugation with Spain in 2018. We wandered if we wanted to venture into Portugal. We were glad and not disappointed at all with the decision. I loved Portugal. Simply because it is compact, easy to communicate in English and some fascinating places and things to do.
An amazing journey trough Spain in Oct 2017. The Gothic style architecture in Barcelona and its iconic Sagrada de Familia; the time-forgotten terracotta tiled roofs of Albaraccin and Rubeilos de Mora villages; the heartland of Moorish culture of Cordoba, Granada and the remote mountainous white villages of Casares, Grazalema and Arcos de la Frontera and more. To add to this mix is the intoxicating food – paella and the variety of tapas and enriched by the renown art museums. Sangria did go well in the hot days. Eventually to the beautiful Seville and the capital Madrid. Exploring the main streets as well as the backstreets is not only exciting but always discover something new and facilitating.
These are old photos of my wonderful journey through Tibet in 2006 to fulfill a need to stand before and perform a kora to a holy mountain – Kailash. In a Sumerian text, it is written that there exist a a pyramid shaped mountain with four sides signifying the four points of a compass; four significant river originated from this mountain each moving North,South, East and West respectively (Indus, Karnali, a tributary of the Ganges; Sutlej and Yarlung-sangpo that later becomes the Bramahputra) and adorned by a lake (Mansarovar). Today, with empowerment from mere mortals, Kailash had attained a spiritual status.
As I traveled, the journey blossomed into much more. To witness an old culture, slowly shoved into little pockets. A controlled society yet full of colorful spiritual beliefs and ancient architectures, still marveled by modern society. Above all, the untainted landscapes and astounding clarity. Perhaps, with the inner workings’ of beliefs combined with the vast expanse of land, one cannot help but be swayed towards a spiritualistic experience. Perhaps it is nothing more than being so high, so cold and being so far away, that the mind wanders……….whatever it may be, the journey will change you.